The Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders 2019 Conference
2019 ANZAED Conference in Adelaide
CCI was thrilled when one of our team, Professor Peter McEvoy, was invited to be a keynote speaker at the Australian & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) conference in August 2019, which was held in Adelaide. Professor McEvoy presented a keynote on working with imagery in the context of emotional and eating disorders. He also presented a pre-conference workshop with Dr Bronwyn Raykos (head of the Eating Disorders Program at CCI) on using imagery-based techniques to enhance outcomes in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for eating disorders. The other keynote speaker was Professor Ulrike Schmidt from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London. Professor Schmidt presented on novel brain-directed treatments in anorexia nervosa and also ran a workshop focusing on the importance and logistics of providing a rapid, early response when young people presented with their first eating disorder episode. It was fantastic to see so many consumers and supports (people providing support to those with an eating disorder) at the conference, with a day specifically dedicated to training and workshops for supports. Some highlights of the conference included studies aiming to better identify and understand eating disorders amongst less well-research groups, such as indigenous Australians and gay men, as well as some excellent papers on body image and use of imagery rescripting.